Marcos Alonso to stop taking the knee


Chelsea and Spain defender Marcos Alonso says he will no longer take a knee before matches, but he will instead point to the Premier League ‘No Room for Racism’ badge on his sleeve.

The left-back reckons that the anti-racism gesture is “losing strength”.

Players have been taking a knee since the summer of 2020 to show support for the movement for racial equality.

“I am fully against racism and I’m against every type of discrimination, and I just prefer to put my finger to the badge where it says no to racism, like they do in some other sports and football in other countries,” said the 30-year-old footballer.

“I prefer to do it this way and, of course, to say very clearly that I am against racism and I respect everybody.”

Alonso is not the first player to decide to stop taking a knee. Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha became the first player to stop doing so, citing that his belief of taking a knee is “degrading”.

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By FARPost Reporter